Social networking used to improve mental health in young

A NEW social networking site has been launched to give young people a way to talk about mental health issues and build the social ties that experts say are essential to positive mental health outcomes.

The Healthshare website will use functionality that has become synonymous with popular social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin, enabling users to connect with others, start discussions, write health blogs, send private messages and much more.

Healthshare has a number of mental health communities including depression, anxiety, bipolar, OCD, phobias, panic attacks, schizophrenia, postnatal depression, suicide prevention, agoraphobia and social anxiety.

In these communities members have access to trusted information about the illness from leading health organisations in this space, including beyond­blue, the national depression initiative; Lifeline; SANE Australia; and Mental Health NSW.

Beyondblue deputy CEO Dr Nicole Highet